Social Media Today – The Art and Science of Forming Successful Online Communities
Tags: Social Media Today, Bulldog Solutions, Robin Carey, Online Communities, Virtual Communities, Communities, Rohit Bhargava, Gina Bianchini, Craig Cmehil, Julie Wittes Schlack, Learning, Collaboration, Knowledge Sharing, Knowledge Management, KM, Remote Collaboration, Social Computing, Social Networking, Social Media, Social Software, Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, Twitter, Nancy White, Online Facilitation, Stephen Collins, Ning, Library 2.0, Pandemic Flu, Government
A couple of days ago I actually attended a Social Media Today event (Sponsored by Bulldog Solutions), facilitated by Robin Carey, on the subject of "The Art and Science of Forming Successful Online Communities" and I thought I would go ahead today and share with you a couple of thoughts that crossed my mind as I got to attend the webcast itself remotely. But, before I do that, let me just share with you as well that you can also watch the webcast yourself by going into the following URL and then click on the Join Event button. It lasts for a bit under one hour and can honestly say that it would be really worth while, specially if you are just getting into the fascinating world of virtual community building.
As you would be able to see from the link I shared above, the featured speakers were actually incredibly good. Very informative, knowledgeable, willing to share their experiences on community building and lots and lots of expertise on the subject. So, indeed, it couldn’t go wrong! And it didn’t. This is the kind of webcast that I would certainly recommend to anyone out there getting involved within the world of virtual community building as it would help you get plenty of great ideas on how you can get things going. If you actually get to watch the webcast you would be able as well to see a slide deck that was very helpful not only in introducing the speakers, but also in helping everyone get some of the key basics behind community building. As I said, a must watch for anyone out there interested in the subject of building online communities and get things off to a good start!
While I was attending the event, I decided to share as well some of the thoughts I found interesting in my twitterings, not only as a way to share some more snippets about the contents of the event, but also as a way for me to help me out later on when drafting this particular weblog post. Yes, indeed, that is one of the things that Twitter is very good at: share your quick thoughts on events that are happening so that you can revisit them at a later time as draft notes for your blog posts or whatever else. Pretty neat.
So from here onwards I am just going to share some of those thoughts I shared a couple of days ago. I must say something beforehand though. The webcast was a superb event from an educational and resourceful point of view, specially for people coming new to the world of online community building. However, for the folks who have been doing community building for a while it may not be just as useful. For instance, I was hoping that the aspects of knowledge sharing, collaboration and learning within online communities would be mentioned, as well as how communities are the main catalysts to help drive not only the adoption of social software within the corporate world, but also main key drivers of pure innovation. No barriers, no limitations, just connecting with others to share stuff on a common topic (Their passion!) and keep innovating.
Unfortunately, none of them were mentioned. Perhaps the perfect opportunity for an upcoming follow up session where these topics would be discussed: on how communities can help nurture a new wave of interactions where the power of the collective goes wild into helping us all work smarter and not necessarily harder. We shall see. For the time being here you have got my live thoughts from the event itself:
"- Interesting to see how the focus of the webcast hasn’t touched base on the knowledge sharing & learning aspects of online communities.
- Too much focus on tools & content, as usual. Disappointing, I must say
- Oh boy, watching slides that bring me back to the 90s!
- "People are more willing to share if they know & trust who they are sharing knowledge with" > Now you are talking!
- Business models for online communities? That’s a new one to me!
- Recruiting people for online communities? Oh my!
- Online facilitators are key to communities’ success. Amen to that! Where is Nancy White, when you need her? heh
- "The community makes the community, technology is just an enabler" > That’s just the best quote from the entire event & what I got out of
- A couple of interesting links from the webcast as well: http://blog.pandemicflu.gov/ (Which was then mentioned as well by Stephen Collins over at Government Blogging on how the government can engage in the world of the blogosphere by launching meaningful and provocative conversations on stuff that matters to us all! And I totally agree with that!)
- http://library20.ning.com/, to prove the point social networking is not just for the younger generations. Older generations get it, too!!"
Thus, as you would be able to see, quite a highly recommendable event to listen to whenever yo get a chance, and I am now really looking forward to the follow up, whenever that takes place…